The following is an excerpt from rt.com | October 10, 2016 |
Russia and Turkey are set to find common ground on Syria, revamp stalled energy projects and boost bilateral trade, closing a sour chapter in relations with an array of deals as President Putin and President Erdogan meet in Istanbul.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul on Monday at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to participate in the 23rd World Energy Congress, which opened on October 9.
During his speech at the conference, the Russian president said that he was glad that the Turkish authorities had managed to “keep the situation under control” and prevent a coup in July. Putin also wished the country luck in its continued recovery from the coup attempt.
Putin said that he and President Erdogan had thoroughly discussed the joint Turkish Stream pipeline ahead of the visit, saying they “intend to implement” the project.
He also assured Russia’s foreign customers that the country will remain a reliable energy supplier to global markets.
The Russian leader expressed hope that an agreement on the stabilization of the oil market could be reached at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting on November 30.
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